Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

day-to-day living

Recently I was in a meeting involving four people I hadn’t met before.  We can learn a lot just be observing others.

I was reminded of a few things:

First impressions, whether we want to admit it or not, do make a difference.  It is much easier to move forward if you have made a good first impression.

Listen to what is being said.  Crazy thought, huh?  Too many times people seem to be focused on what they are saying and not really paying attention to what others are saying.  For example, if your boss says he will do something –  don’t argue with him about doing it yourself, especially when what you are doing is exactly what he has said he doesn’t want.

Don’t dominate the meeting with your accomplishments.   On the other hand, do participate.

I was impressed with the facilitator of this meeting.  He did a fine job of involving everyone.

What does the Bible have to say about how we should live?

If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.”  Romans 12:6-8  (The Message)

Pretty straight forward.  I know what jumps out at me but what jumps out at you?  Is there something in this list that could use some improvement in your life?

‘Keep a smile on your face‘ reminds me of my daddy always telling me that if I had to do something I might as well do it with a smile.  Truth is that does make a difference.

The Word goes on to say:

“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.  Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”  Romans 12:9-13 (The Message)

Love from the center of who you are.  The center of who we are is Jesus. He enables us to truly love and not be phony.

One of my husband’s most quoted verse is ‘Cease to do evil, learn to do good.’

Cheerfully expectant.  I needed that reminder at this time in my life. (submit? who me?)

Don’t burn out – don’t quit.  The enemy of our souls would like nothing better than for us to either quit or burn out.  Either way we would not be effective.  I am regularly evaluating my schedule and priorities, because too easily I can get distracted or spend way too much time on a project that is not beneficial in the long run.

Be inventive in hospitality.  Look for creative  ways to extend love and hospitality to others.  Think outside the box.  Remember hospitality is really just  treating guests and strangers in a friendly manner.

Our day-to-day living is what ultimately makes up our life’s story.  Today is a new day.  What are you going to do with it?

til next time,

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October 21, 2015 - Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , ,

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